Federal Jury Convicts Buffalo Man Who Led Multi-Million Dollar Narcotics Conspiracy That Stretched From Mexico To Buffalo Along With Two Co-defendants
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BUFFALO, N.Y. -- U.S. Attorney Trini E. Ross announced today that following a five-week trial, a federal jury has convicted Adrian Goudelock, a/k/a AD, a/k/a Ace, a/k/a Ace Boogs, 39, of Buffalo, NY, of conspiring to possess with intent to distribute, and distributing, five kilograms or more of cocaine, attempted possession and possession of five kilograms or more of cocaine, and money laundering conspiracy. The charges carry a mandatory minimum penalty of 15 years in prison, a maximum of life, and a $20,000,000 fine. In addition, co-defendants Shamar Davis a/k/a Fatboy, 42, and Jai Hunter, 42, were also convicted at trial of conspiring to possess with intent to distribute, and distributing, five kilograms or more of cocaine, and face mandatory minimum sentences of 10 years in prison and a maximum of life.
Assistant U.S. Attorneys Michael J. Adler, Jeremiah E. Lenihan, and Seth T. Molisani, who prosecuted the case, stated that Goudelock was a leader in a major narcotic trafficking operation that stretched from Mexico to Buffalo. An investigation into the trafficking operation began in October 2017 following the seizure by HSI Special Agents of approximately 10 kilograms of cocaine and $259,960 in U.S. currency that was being shipped from El Paso, Texas to Buffalo. The investigation utilized intercepted wire and electronic communications through court-authorized wiretaps. Intercepted calls and messages revealed that bulk shipments of cocaine were delivered to Goudelock in the Buffalo area. A total of 27 kilograms of cocaine and nearly $1,000,000 in bulk U.S. currency was seized in 2017 and 2018. The investigation also determined that over 50 additional kilograms of cocaine were delivered to Buffalo during the conspiracy.
During the course of the investigation, nine co-defendants were identified, charged and convicted in the case:
• Eduardo Enrique Valdez
• Edgar Pavia
• Eric Young
• Lance Parker
• Daniel Sterling
• Martin Lopez
• Ivan Rene Rios Bustillos
• Adrian Grier
• Gabrielle McGrady
The investigation has also resulted in the arrest of 21 additional defendants in the Eastern District of Kentucky and the Northern District of Ohio, and seizure of over an additional $2,000,000 and approximately 41 kilograms of cocaine.
This effort is part of an Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Forces (OCDETF) operation. OCDETF identifies, disrupts, and dismantles the highest-level criminal organizations that threaten the United States using a prosecutor-led, intelligence-driven, multi-agency approach. Additional information about the OCDETF Program can be found at https://www.justice.gov/OCDETF.
The verdict is the result of an investigation by Homeland Security Investigations, under the direction of Acting Special Agent-in-Charge Matthew Scarpino; the Federal Bureau of Investigation, under the direction of Special Agent-in-Charge Stephen Belongia; the New York State Police, under the direction of Major James Hall; the Erie County Sheriff’s Department, under the direction of Sheriff Timothy Howard; and Customs and Border Protection, Air and Marine Unit, under the direction of Brian Manaher, Director, Marine Operations. Additional assistance was provided by the New York National Guard and Homeland Security Investigations, El Paso, Texas.
Adrian Goudelock is scheduled to sentencing on April 7, 2022, before U.S. District Judge John L. Sinatra, Jr. who presided over the trial of the case. Shamar Davis and Jai Hunter are scheduled to be sentenced on April 5 and April 6 respectively, also before Judge Sinatra.
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